LOT 109

1885 - 1970

Farm Buildings Near Stream
oil on board, circa 1912
on verso initialed and stamped Mayberry Fine Art
10 1/2 x 10 7/8 in 26.7 x 27.6 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Collection of Ian Turnbull
Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg
Collection of Laurie Guthrie, Edmonton

Jeremy Adamson, Lawren S. Harris: Urban Scenes and Wilderness Landscapes, 1906 – 1930, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1978, page 46

In 1904, at the age of 19, Lawren Harris traveled to Berlin to study art, and his training there was academic and realistic. He returned to Canada in 1908 and took his first sketching trip to the Laurentians, with fellow artist James Fergus Kyle. In 1909, he traveled with J.W. Beatty to Haliburton in Ontario and Quebec’s Eastern Townships. He was in the vicinity of Haliburton again in 1912, this time with fellow future Group of Seven painter J.E.H. MacDonald. Then, as Jeremy Adamson noted, “In April 1913, Harris and MacDonald travelled to Mattawa and Témiscaming, on the upper Ottawa River near North Bay, Ontario. Both artists sketched views of rural farms.” In the fall of 1913, the two painters were in the Laurentians and again painted farms.

In Farm Buildings Near Stream, Harris loaded his brush and painted with lush, flowing strokes. It is a well-balanced composition full of interesting details, from the rippling stream to the patterns of the fence and staircase. A tree aflame with autumn colours contrasts with the grey and brown buildings and the verdant grass and trees. The mood is sweet and peaceful, and the work has a charming rustic simplicity.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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